Chicken soup -- comfort in cup or bowl
Chicken noodle soup, a favorite home remedy for the common cold, features chicken, a variety of vegetables and egg noodles in a chicken broth. (RACHEL BROUGHAM/NEWS-REVIEW)
Chicken noodle soup can warm you up on cold winter days, and many believe it also provides relief from the common cold.
So when it's made from scratch and has been a menu staple for years, no wonder the recipe has a following.
"It is definitely one of the most popular things we serve," said City Park Grill general manager, Jason Septic.
Septic, who has been with the downtown Petoskey restaurant for more than a decade, said he can't remember a time when the soup wasn't on the menu.
It's the ingredients and the ratio that Septic believes make the restaurant's recipe just right.
It starts with a chicken base, and a mix of dark and white meat is added.
"Personally, I think one of the keys is the noodles," Septic said. "I prefer the wide noodles we use in house rather than those really skinny ones you sometimes get in soup."
In addition, a variety of vegetables are added, including the traditional onion, carrots and celery, along with corn and spinach.
The chicken noodle soup is available daily, served in a cup or a bowl.
It's also available for takeout.
"We always have people come in and ask if it's available, and I can't imagine not having it," he said. "And it's not uncommon for people to come in and order it for a sick friend or family member."
"I think it's just one of those great comfort foods."
Here's a hint
While City Park Grill can't give out the exact recipe for its famous chicken noodle soup, the restaurant did provide a list of ingredients used. They include:
-- a chicken base
-- bay leaves
-- egg noodles
-- chicken, mix of dark and white meat